Rampant Darts bag third straight win
It’s amazing how the fortunes of a newly promoted club can change after claiming a first victory.
Three games in and Blue Square bet Premier side Dartford were languishing at the foot of the table, still looking for their first points of the new season.
However, a hard-fought 1-0 win over winless Kidderminster last weekend seemed the perfect tonic to kick start the Kent club’s debut season in the top flight of non-league football.
Backed up by an impressive 2-1 success at promotion chasing Cambridge United on Bank Holiday Monday, Saturday’s 5-1 hammering of Alfreton Town was the Darts third straight league victory, propelling them into the top half of the table.
Dartford boss Tony Burman was full of praise, following Saturday’s clinical performance and believes the three straight wins will give his side plenty of belief heading into a difficult sequence of matches.
He said: “We felt this could be a massive three points because of all the travelling we’ve done and the games coming up. I think the guys played well and deserved what they got today.”
Burman added: “The players do work hard and when the supporters see that, it encourages them, and I think they got their just rewards today.”
Capable of competing at a higher level
Dartford’s recent revival suggests that Burman’s side is certainly capable of competing at a higher level.
The fact that expectations are minimal at Princes Park, relieves any added pressure, giving the Darts an excellent chance of avoiding an immediate return to the Blue Square South Division.
Burman continued: “We all know this will be a tough, tough season and we’ve got some massive games coming up.
"Last week at Cambridge, it really hit me that we competed in this league. We’re going to enjoy it, no matter what the results we’ll enjoy ourselves but we’ve got to work really hard for the results.”
With four matches against sides in and around the playoff picture just around the corner, Burman is under illusions that he must continue to try and strengthen his relatively small squad.
He added: “Next week, we can bring players in on loan, which is probably what it is going to be, as we’ve got a small squad, and I want to look to improve it.”
Looking ahead to matches against leaders Newport County, Gateshead and title favourites Hereford United and Wrexham, the Dartford boss is confident that in maintaining a high level of team spirit, his side can continue to pick up results.
Burman concluded: “We insist on a good team spirit. When you win games, you win them together and it’s the same if you lose. I want my teams to work hard and they do that and that brings their qualities out.”
By Daniel Ludlam